Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected....
A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state.
Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold....
Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace....
Two days ago the killers began to mobilize....
Yesterday all the power went out....
Tonight they’re reading the names of those to be killed on the Emergency Broadcast System. You are listening over the battery-powered radio on your kitchen table, and they’ve just read yours. Your name is Jack Colclough. You have a wife, a daughter, and a young son. You live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People are coming to your house to kill you and your family. You don’t know why, but you don’t have time to think about that any more. You only have time to run!
©2011 Blake Crouch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I struggled to finish this. it's an awesome concept but poorly executed. I'm not sure why it has gotten such great reviews. The author was not great at setting up scenes and the ones that were supposed to be exciting were very dry. I'm highly disappointed since his Dark Matter is one of my favorite books.
I bought this to pass the time on a long drive to LA. The story consisted of one long chase scene with minor breaks along the way. The performance was fine although the narrator's Belfast accent was awful (I should know, I grew up there). His Australian accent was good though.
The story was intriguing with the protagonists always in danger and not knowing where the next attacker will come from. My biggest gripe about it is the gratuitous descriptions of extreme, cringing, violence that lasted a long time. There were moments of peace interspersed here and there but most of the time was spent avoiding or perpetrating gory, violent acts.
When they say at the beginning of this book that it's for mature adults only there not kidding. This is very violent book of murder and death. It is a fantastic read but be warned that it is a gruesome book.
I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it
Do you remember the cartoon show "Home Movies" that aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim? That's exactly how the kids and wife sound in this audio book. If you have no experience with Home Movies, the characters sometimes speak in clipped, spastic phrases which is hilarious in a cartoon...not so funny in a serious apocalyptic novel. I tried to get past the narrator, concentrating more on the story. That was before I realized there wasn't much of a story to concentrate on. The action sequences are far and in-between leaving the reader with hum-drum sequences. The neurotic wife's incessant nagging. The spastic kid's insufferable whining. Four hours in, I just wanted their Land Rover to blow up...end of story.
In a lot of ways, this book feels like the practice run for the Wayward Pines trilogy. There are some parallel situations (namely the part where the husband and wife begin the story nearly estranged because of *fill in the blank*). At times, I found myself genuinely interested, but then the narrator would go all spastic and the story would fall flat.
This is definitely not the worst book I've ever read, but I could not recommend this book, in good conscious.
Good story with non stop action. Took me a while to get used to the narrator's female voices.
I like sci-fy and fantasy. My favorite books are Karen Miller's Kingmaker Kingbreaker series and Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles.
This book starts out with a bang and just keeps going along at a pretty rapid pace. Something affects people and the next thing you know they start killing each other for no apparent reason. The book follows Jack and his family who are trying to get to safety throughout the book. No one seems to know why the killing is going on but later on in the book we find out. I say the book isn't for everyone because of the violence in it which some people might be disturbed by. Jack and his family are traveling from New Mexico, heading north toward Canada in hopes of finding safety. Along the way they run into many obstacles and hardships which they must overcome. The book is about survival and being on your own in a mostly unfriendly world that is trying to kill you. The narrator did a good job. I noticed in many reviews people didn't like the female voices he used but I didn't have any trouble with them.
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